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SED grant helps student buy textbooks

Beckie Bray (SED’07) is passionate about swing dancing and teaching French.

As a busy student preparing for a career as a high school French teacher, Beckie Bray (SED’07) has a lot on her plate. This semester she is balancing preparation for a student teaching gig with her responsibilities as copresident of the School of Education’s Dean’s Hosts. But that’s not all — Bray also runs the high school youth group at her church and still manages to make time for her passion of swing dancing.

But at least she didn’t have to worry about buying expensive books this semester. Bray is one of 20 SED students chosen to receive $500 for textbooks, school supplies, and software, offered on the basis of merit to SED juniors, seniors, and graduate students through the Fall 2006 Book Awards Program.

“I was thrilled and relieved when I got the award,” says Bray. “My dad is a pastor, so money to buy textbooks is hard to come by.”

Bray, who is also a freelance jazz singer, is currently shadowing a French teacher at Matignon High School in North Cambridge in preparation for a full-time student teaching position, which will begin after winter break. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the world to attend conferences on swing dancing.